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Refrigerator Pickled Carrots

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
These are just fine, but they tasted better the next day as opposed to just after 3 hours. More time = more developed flavor.
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Butterscotch Haystacks

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
I give these 3* with the marshmallows, 4* without. First try, I stirred the peanut butter and then the marshmallows as soon as I pulled the mix from the microwave. Well the 'mallows melted and made the whole thing an ugly mess. Next try, the marshmallows made it a bit difficult to stir and I did not like the texture of the treats. Last try: FORGET THE MARSHMALLOWS! These are just great without them! Maybe it's just a personal preference as far as texture and taste are concerned, but it is indeed easier to make without them!
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White Chip Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
After watching the video, I added more than the 2t of zest as mentioned as a choice-I zested a whole orange and got closer to 1T. I used the juice from that orange to soak some dried cranberries then drained the juice so as not to make the dough too wet. To test the recipe, I cooked a batch prior to adding the cranberries and it was 5* delish! But adding the cranberries put these off the charts!
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Delicious Almond Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
This has the potential to be "delicious," but it came out incredibly bland. Next time I would perhaps use a finely diced mirepoix (onion, celery and carrot) and add some minced garlic as well, and/or increase the strength of the bouillon. The texture was great, but it tasted like nothing.
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Turkey Medley

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2012
This was just ok. How can this recipe not call for salt and pepper?!?! It is quite bland without it! I added S&P, and used carrot instead of pimentos, sauteing the carrot with the onion and celery. I also used fresh mushrooms and added them to the saute once the onion began to turn translucent. I also decided to stir in the egg noodles instead of topping them, and then baked them with a buttery crumb topping. My changes were a big improvement as the recipe was quite boring and bland as written.
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Easy Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2012
I have to rate the recipe as written at 3* for lack of variety of veggies and for the canned cream soup. I doctored it up a bit and it came out FANTASTIC! Instead of canned veggies, I sauteed chopped onion, celery, carrot and garlic then added some frozen corn and peas and boiled potato cubes. Next I added leftover homemade pan gravy that had some mushroom in it (that had gotten quite thick in the fridge) and also added cream to replicate the canned soup. Good way to use some of that leftover gravy. Boy was it goooooooood! Try these revisions...a little extra work but still easy-and worth it!
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Mocha Espresso Ice Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2012
I wanted to love this recipe, but it was the first treat I made in my ice cream maker that didn't turn out. I've never had this problem before. After a spin through the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions (30 min.), it was just as soupy as when it was poured in. So I transferred it to a stainless steel bowl and decided I would put it in the freezer and stir it periodically, adding the nuts and chocolate bits when thick enough. After a few hours, no change. When I was getting ready for bed, I checked one last time for the night and it had some ice crystals so I added the nuts and chocolate bits. The next morning, it was finally in a better state. The thing is, the texture was very crystal-y and it melted VERY quickly once served. It's too bad because the flavors are fantastic, but the crystal-y texture and time to solidify just stink. Not worth making again. What a shame.
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Creamed Onions and Peas

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
These have the potential for more stars, but the cream never thickened up and the seasonings just weren't strong enough so it came out a little bland. I ended up thickening it with a little slurry and increasing the seasoning. Hubby just didn't like it though.
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Incredible Red Smashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
Pretty good, but more like whipped potatoes. These would be better if you just mashed them with a masher instead of turning them into a puree-like consistency with the hand mixer. Other than that, great flavor!
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Awesome Ham Glaze and Marinade

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
This glaze is indeed awesome! Spicy with a hint of sweet tang. I did not marinate overnight, I just brushed it on a ham steak and cooked it in a skillet. Don't you dare use anything but real maple syrup! Oh, and I used freshly minced garlic.
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Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
These were just ok. I used real garlic and more than called for-glad I did. A few pinches of lemon pepper doesn't add substantial flavor, nor were they all that buttery.
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Praline-Pumpkin Mousse Cornucopias

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
Super tasty, impressive yet easy. I suggest you refrigerate the mousse a little while before filling the cornucopias so it doesn't want to fall out-it worked for me! The mousse itself is divine, and given the expense of puff pastry (it was $6 a box!!!), I would probably make the mousse again as a stand-alone dessert and save the cornucopias for Thanksgiving and double the recipe for 12 to use the whole box of pastry. Or if you're really good, make your own pastry. The video made making these a breeze-I also cut my pastry with a pizza wheel as shown.
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Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
OH YUMMERS!!! This was tasty! I did double the vanilla as others suggested. The thing we did not like, was that we added frozen blueberries, also suggested in other reviews. Wish I'd left those out. Some advice from reviews is best left ignored, and this was one piece I should have passed on by. Will indeed make the frozen yogurt again though! Mmmm!
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Pork Tenderloin Diablo

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
The sauce was fantastic! But cooking my tenderloin to 145 degrees resulted in a very pink center that left a pink puddle on my plate and I did not feel good about eating it at all. I recommend cooking to an internal temp of 165. Hubby gobbled it up without complaint though, and he also was a fan of the sauce. I did thicken the sauce up a bit more though.
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Watermelon Lemonade

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
I used less cold water as I felt it would have watered down the flavors. Guess it depends on your watermelon. Same with the amount of sugar you need. To make it easier, I put the strained watermelon juice right in with the rest of the mix and stirred it in a pitcher. A great way to use up a surplus of watermelon! Hubby thought it was really good!
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Chocolate Waffles I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
These were yum! I added 1/4 C more cocoa powder and subtracted the same amount of flour. After I made one and tasted it, I added 3/4t vanilla and a little more sugar. Also used oil instead of butter. I skipped the 'hard sauce' and instead made simple syrup with sliced strawberries as a sauce. The only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 stars is it wouldn't have been chocolatey enough for me as written, and the vanilla was a great addition. Hubby said it would be better for dessert than breakfast-but that was HIS opinion. For a dessert, I'd also add fresh whipped cream! My waffle iron gave me 8 or so waffles, so I wrapped the extras in parchment and put them in a freezer bag and froze them.
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Quick and Flavorful Vegetables

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
This was better than expected. I used steamed carrots, broccoli and green beans. I added the Veggie Flavor Boost in increments so it wouldn't be too salty as others mentioned. I also added Italian seasoning and topped with Parmesan as suggested in the footnotes of the recipe. This was a quick way to flavor steamed veggies, and hubby ate all of his broccoli ;)
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Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
Not a fan of the gelatinous soup in a can so I made my own delish version. Hubby gave this 5 stars, but I felt it was a bit on the watery side from the squash. I made my soup replacement nice and thick, but the squash still made the dish too watery. Taste was great though!
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Swanson® Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
Pretty typical mash. I often boil my taters in stock with garlic cloves, so this wasn't entirely new to me. Came out similar to the usual, though I did add garlic salt to perk these up as they definitely need salt to taste as well. Used scrubbed redskins, unsalted butter, and heavy cream.
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
The caramel corn itself is delish! I used the dark Karo syrup and popped a 1/2 cup of corn kernel in the air popper. Next time I would pop just a little less though to get more coverage of the yummy caramel. I don't even think it made 4 quarts, which seems like it would be entirely too much popcorn. We didn't particularly care for candy with our caramel corn though.
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